Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Names Second Ship and Announces Bahamas Itinerary; Will Begin Daily Departures to Grand Bahama Island in April
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only Line with a two-night cruise departing year-round from the Port of Palm Beach, announced today that Grand Celebration will set sail with several new guest-focused enhancements, including a new adult-only area, a revitalized casino, and specialty coffee and juice bar.
The ship will return to its regularly scheduled two-night sailings just in time for the holiday season.
Since late September, Grand Celebration had been chartered by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency and was providing housing to first responders and National Guard
members who were helping to rebuild the U.S. Virgin Islands following damage caused by
Hurricane Irma and Maria.
The company also announced that its new 52,900 gross ton ship, set to arrive in April, will be named Grand Classica and will also sail two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island. With this second ship, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will become the only Line to offer daily departures to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach. The company signed a three-year agreement with the Bahamas to bring both of its ships to Grand Bahama Island for two-night cruises, as well as its signature Cruise & Resort Stay packages.
“We are pleased to have been able to assist those in need in the Caribbean. Now we are ready to return to offering memorable cruises to our guests. We are excited to welcome an even better Grand Celebration back to Palm Beach, just in time for the holidays, with several new spaces for our guests to enjoy,” said Oneil Khosa, chief executive officer of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
“We are also looking forward to the arrival of our new ship, Grand Classica, in April, and have strengthened our relationship with The Bahamas by signing a three-year agreement to bring both ships to Grand Bahama Island, thus offering daily arrivals to Grand Bahama Island and giving our guests added convenience to fit their schedules.”
Grand Celebration Enhancements
The 1,900 passenger Grand Celebration will set sail on December 23 with the following
- Expanded, Enhanced Casino – For those seeking lady luck at sea, Grand
Celebration’s Par-A-Dice Casino has doubled in size, offering more slot machines, video
poker and enhanced table games. Nearly 70 of the most popular slot games have been
added to the casino, bringing the total number of slots to 125, in addition to several new
video poker machines. The casino’s table games area, which include Roulette,
Blackjack, Craps, Three Card Poker and the Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, have been
divided into two comfortable areas and now also include raised maximum betting limits,
the ability to make additional wages while playing blackjack, and the addition of
electronic roulette machines for those who like to play without a crowd watching.
- New Adult-Only Area – The forward sun deck at the top of the ship has now become
The Oasis – a complimentary adult-only area for those ages 18 and over that want to
relax and unwind in serenity. The expansive area includes a bar, a large hot tub, all new
sun loungers and several outdoor daybeds.
- Specialty Coffee Bar and Juice Bar – Baristas will prepare specialty coffees and offer
delectable gelato and pastries at the new Grand Café on Deck 9. Menu items feature a
variety of hot or iced specialty coffees, teas and other beverages, including smoothies
and freshly squeezed juices. In the morning, guests can indulge in chocolate croissants,
Viennese pastries, muffins and quiche. Throughout the day, the Grand Café will offer
delectable sweet treats, including delicious homemade gelato, sorbet, cakes, tarts,
cupcakes and chocolate truffles.
Coming in 2018: Grand Classica and daily departures
In August, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced that it had signed a 10-year agreement with the Port of Palm Beach and that it had purchased a second ship that will also be based at the Port. The company has named the new ship, Grand Classica. Grand Classica will carry up to 1,680 guests and features 685 staterooms, a multitude of restaurants and bars, a theater, two pools, four hot tubs, wellness center and spa, outdoor jogging track and more.
On November 25, 2017, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line inked a three-year agreement with the Bahamas to bring both Grand Celebration and Grand Classica to Grand Bahama Island,
thereby doubling the number of arrivals beginning in April. At the signing ceremony, Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis thanked the line for their confidence in and commitment to Grand Bahama. “Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is showing great support in Grand Bahama and in the economy going to the extent of launching another vessel in April and this shows great confidence in our Bahamas,” he said.
“Grand Classica will be a wonderful addition and complement to Grand Celebration,” said Khosa. “Having two ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will be the largest provider of tourism to the island, carrying more than 500,000 passengers annually. It will also give our guests more flexibility and choice.”
Grand Classica is expected to begin sailings in mid-April 2018.
About Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only provider of two-night cruises and cruise & resort
stays to Grand Bahama Island year-round from the Port of Palm Beach. Majority owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan since December 2016, the company operates Grand Celebration and will add a second ship, Grand Classica, in April 2018. The addition of a second ship doubles the Line’s capacity and with both ships sailing to Grand Bahama Island, the company is projected to carry more than 500,000 passengers annually and be the largest contributor to tourism in Grand Bahama Island.